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News & Updates

The Lerews Receive the Northern Lights Award

Pictured are (from left) Tom Hogenson, Alice Bandstra, Shirley Larew and Dave Larew.

Pictured are (from left) Tom Hogenson, Alice Bandstra, Shirley Larew and Dave Larew.


Tom Hogenson, Community Relations Director, Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, presented Dave and Shirley Lerew with the Northern Lights Award for Arts and Entertainment during the 2015 Artworks Gala. Northern Lights awards in several categories are given by the Spectrum Health Hospital Foundation to recognize area residents who make our communities better places to live.

The Mullets Receive the 2015 Patron of the Arts Award

Pictured are (from left) Alice Bandstra, Olive Mullet, Lynne Scheible and Dan Mullet.

Pictured are (from left) Alice Bandstra, Olive Mullet, Lynne Scheible and Dan Mullet.

The 2015 Patron of the Arts award was presented by Board President Alice Bandstra and Executive Director Lynne Scheible to Dan and Olive Mullet at the 2015 Artworks Gala. The Mullets have been members of Artworks for many years and Dan has served on the Artworks Board of Directors and the Foreign Film Festival Committee.

Artworks Awarded GFWC Grant

GFWC logoArtworks has been awarded a grant from the Big Rapids chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs! The grant will be used to buy art supplies for our youth and Hope Network arts programs. Thank you, GFWC!

Summer Camp 2015 – 7-13 year olds

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Around the World in 80 Days

Take a trip around the world in art, music, language, and food when you come to camp at Artworks this summer.
Camp 1: July 14-16 Asia—Practice Japanese origami, perform an Indonesian shadow puppet show, paint a Chinese landscape, practice marital arts movement, and more.
Camp 2: July 21-23 Clay Around the World—Design, handform, and glaze pottery shapes from all over the world.
Camp 3: July 28-30 The Americas—Create Alaskan, Navajo, and South American art and learn a little Spanish.
Camp 4: August 4-6 India/Africa—Explore art from Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
For more information please visit Summer Camp 2015 or download the Summer Camp 2015 brochure and registration form.

Standing on their Shoulders

by Lynne Scheible, Executive Director
I just received the newsletter from the National Endowment for the Arts. The first piece is entitled “Standing on their Shoulders.”  This reminded me that since I started working at Artworks I have often thought to myself that, “We are standing on the shoulders of those that came before us.”   I love the story of Artworks’ genesis and how in 2000, Sandi Withrow, then Downtown Business Association Director, viewing many empty stores, thought of a way to beautify the downtown and asked a few artists if they would display their work in store windows.  While a few were hanging their art in what is now Fairman’s Apparel, people kept coming by and asking, “What is going on?  When is the Art Gallery going to open?”  Continue reading →

Please Welcome Denise Cosper

Denise CosperDenise Cosper has joined Artworks as the new Director of Educational Programs. Denise comes to Artworks with nearly 20 years’ experience organizing and promoting events for educational entities and community organizations in Mississippi and Michigan. She also brings 12 years’ experience teaching college writing at Ferris State University and Mississippi State . . . Continue reading →

Upcoming Events

Does not include weekly recurring events.

Date/Time Event
05/30/2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Basket Weaving - Casserole Basket
Jeanette’s Home Studio, Big Rapids MI
06/18/2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Sjon
The Son by Philipp Meyer
Artworks, Big Rapids Mi
06/18/2015
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Paris on the Muskegan
Paris on the Muskegan - Painting
Artworks – Creative Education Center, Big Rapids MI
06/20/2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Basket Weaving - Round Diagonal Base
Jeanette’s Home Studio, Big Rapids MI